8 of the best destinations to enjoy snowboarding
Read on for our guide to the best destinations to enjoy snowboarding as you Dream, Plan and Book your next snowy adventure.
South of Krakow, Zakopane is nestled at the foothills of the majestic Tatra mountains and is known as the winter capital of Poland. Sometimes called a cheaper Chamonix, and complete with a range of beginner-friendly slopes, it makes a no-brainer for a budget-conscious snowboarding trip. Take your trip to the next level and snowmobile your way through the Podhale forests for an unforgettable experience that feels right out of a Bond movie.
Complete with a fairytale feel, the enchanting Finnish town of Ruka sits close to Lapland. Breathtaking mountains and wild woodlands provide insta-worthy scenery, whilst the vast snowfall creates the dreamiest of snowboarding conditions.
If you’re looking for a real winter wonderland, you’ll get your fill in Ruka, with glimpses of Arctic wildlife such as reindeer and maybe even the Northern lights to top it all off. What more could you want?
Gudauri is an underrated gem for boarders. Nestled in the Greater Caucasus Mountains, it’s the largest ski resort in Georgia, with endless pistes, freeriding and heli-skiing opportunities. Snowboarders in particular can test their limits and shred fresh powder to their heart’s content. So, if you’re looking for a snowboarding trip that’s a bit out of the ordinary and will get your friends asking ‘Where?!’ then why not give Georgia a whirl?
Valdez, Alaska, USA
Imagine yourself standing in the snowiest place in Alaska, 2926 metres high, about to glide down the mountain. Alaska’s rugged landscape is a top spot for seasoned snowboarders. Seven different resorts, vintage chairlifts and exhilarating activities such as heliskiing and heliboarding attract thrillseekers from all around the globe.
Don’t forget to take a selfie snowboarding at the peak of the Alyeska Resort; the views are out of this world.
St Anton, Austria
From cinematic craggy mountain tops to otherworldly snowy forests, you just can’t beat the majesty of the Austrian mountains. Get ready to take on the wide open pistes and the snowboard park on the Rendl, an unmissable destination on the international freeride snowboarding scene.
Whilst towns like Kitzbühel offer that traditional rustic charm you’d expect from Austria, snowboarders with a penchant for frolics off of the slopes will flock to St Anton for the most magnificent après ski scene in Austria… and we think maybe even the world!
Stunning Whistler is surrounded by two colossal mountains that loom over the village. With an excess of 8,000 acres of terrain and 16 alpine bowls, there’s challenge and variety aplenty for snowboarders of all experience. The five terrain parks offer over 150 features for all snowboarding ability levels, as well as over 40 jumps, an 18-foot Zaugg superpipe and snowcross tracks.
On the lookout for extreme terrain? Verbier ticks all the boxes and more. With 400km of pistes, head to the north face of the Bec des Rosses which epitomises what awesome terrain is on offer for snowboarding. Huge ticks for the beautiful sunshine and endless fresh snow (perfect free-riding conditions), Verbier has a number of marked and controlled off piste routes for the more advanced boarder, with some great conditions to be found for newbies too. Post slopes, head to the Farinet Aprés Ski bar for some serious live music action.
Val Thorens, France
With an abundance of snow and towering altitudes, Val Thorens makes for an ideal snowboarding trip thanks to its 140 km of pistes. Check out the Val Thorens Snowpark in the Three Valleys for ultimate freestyle snowboarding.
Or head up to the Cime de Caron where you can take in the best view in the Trois Vallees, and then drop down via the black run. The Peclet Glacier is a must for intermediate boarders and for the experienced rider, head to the glaciers of Le Plein Sud, where you can cut some pretty tasty descents.
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